I HAD TO LEARN HOW TO COPE

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EL­IZ­A­BETH Good­e­nough is 16 and plays a ma­jor role in the care of her brother Oliver, 11.

Oliver suf­fers from op­po­si­tional defiant dis­or­der, with dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour to­wards au­thor­ity fig­ures.

While her par­ents Clare, 42, and James, 43, take main re­spon­si­bil­ity for Oliver, El­iz­a­beth is per­ma­nently on call.

She com­bines this with cook­ing, shop­ping, laun­dry and clean­ing the fam­ily’s Twick­en­ham home while also look­ing af­ter her sis­ters Amelia, 12, and Scar­lett, six.

The A-level stu­dent said: “I have in the past found it quite dif­fi­cult to cope and my men­tal health wasn’t the best.

“My brother can be very very dif­fi­cult, loud and phys­i­cal. Now I’m older, I un­der­stand more about his con­di­tion and I cope bet­ter.

“Some­times I do feel all these jobs are go­ing to get on top of me, but I have de­vel­oped cop­ing strate­gies and I know how to ask for help.”

El­iz­a­beth with brother Oliver

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