RE: Dino's list of misconceptions; what therianthropy is definitely not
I'd say if you're already a Therian or Otherkin, if focusing on that helps you cope, then that's fine, but having some issue with yourself and then saying "oh, I'm going to become a Therian/Otherkin to cope with it!" is not okay.
I mean, one of the ways I've been coping with my depression is to focus on the idea of shapeshifting (related to my Therianthropy), since it's a nice distraction. But that's because I'm already a Therian and thinking of the idea of being able to turn into my Theriotype makes me feel happier.