People in committed relationships often help each other de-stress and share the burdens of their partner. However, if one or both parties bring too many external frustrations into the relationship, problems irrelevant to the relationship can cause serious problems. In this episode, Sara responds to a “Basket Case Boyfriend,” who feels powerless to help his girlfriend cope with work troubles, and increasingly annoyed that she seems to be taking her frustration out on him. The discussion explores when it’s helpful to help your partner shoulder their external stressors, and when it’s harmful. Sara also goes over communication strategies to keep extraneous issues from poisoning the relationship.