So, in the past, we voted to close How to help my girlfriend get her confidence back? as 'needing professional help'.
My stance on that question was that it needed to be closed as 'needs professional help' because:
- The OP and the girlfriend were already receiving professional help. As random internet people, we don't know the details of their case, so why should we be better at giving advice than their professional?
- Although it was suggested that they may get advice here that wouldn't be thought of by their professional, we are a Q&A site (not a fellow-sufferers group) and we can't guarantee that the advice given is not dangerous/that it won't do more damage than good.
- The OP in this question initially stated that 'they would run the advice by their professional'. But these questions are here for posterity, they may be viewed by other people that aren't receiving professional help/don't ask a professional first if this is a good thing to do. Even the OP realised that, later:
@Tinkeringbell I think it might be important to note that people in a similar position might read those topics. While in my case i was seeking for ways to help her in addition to a therapist, there might be people taking one the proposed solution instead of a therapist, so I think we should consider that too – user3399 Sep 19 at 15:33
Another question was closed as a duplicate of this question (while this was still closed): How to help my girlfriend with her lack of self-confidence?. It didn't spark the discussion that was mentioned in the comments to that question though, so I'm hoping to start one here.
While I was sleeping, this question got posted: In an early relationship, how can I handle my partner's deep depression and not be an enabler? In my opinion, it shows a lot of similarities with the confidence questions: The partner is receiving professional help for serious mental health issues (deep depression), the OP wants us to present him with ways that he can deal with their partner's issues.