Having had symptoms of OCD for 17 years would suggest that it isn’t well controlled. That might be why you are having these additional symptoms. Untreated anxiety symptoms tend to worsen over time. Untreated anxiety could be the problem.
It is relatively common for people with anxiety disorders, especially people with certain types of OCD, to believe that they are developing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is the most feared of all mental health disorders. People with anxiety disorders tend to fear the worst and therefore worry about developing schizophrenia.
It is concerning that you have developed this new symptom but whether it’s indicative of schizophrenia is not something that I could determine over the Internet. An in-person evaluation, with a mental health professional, would be the best way to know if you have schizophrenia.
No matter what your diagnosis may be, it’s important that your symptoms are treated. Delusions (if that’s what you have) are a sign of psychosis. Some people are aware of their delusions and some people are not; in either case treatment is necessary. Psychosis is treatable with medication. If you are not in treatment, you should be. If you are in treatment, alert your treating professionals to this new symptom. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle