Coined by the members of Shifters.org circa 2001. This is similar to Medical Student's Disease (MSD) in which medical students perceive themselves to be experiencing the symptoms of a disease that they are studying. Individuals who are researching Therianthropy may begin to trick themselves into thinking that normal feelings and sensations that can be explained rationally, are actually therianthropic shifts. This in turn, leads them to falsely identify as a Therian for a short period of time.
"Shifter's Disease" by Pinky(?) https://web.archive.org/web/20010203200900/http://www.shifters.org/newbies/disease.shtml
"What is Shifter's Disease" by Polar. https://web.archive.org/web/20010702102741/http://www.shifters.org/newbies/polar1.shtml