My 11yo middle child is in the throws of puberty, and the changes occurring in her body have turned her into a complete hypochondriac. Since New Year's Day she's had a complaint about some ache or pain every few minutes from when she wakes up until she goes to sleep. She's been known to wake us up in the middle of the night, or at dawn. No amount of reassurance or scientific information has made a dent yet, although more books on puberty from a child's perspective are on the way. Giving her a daily 10 minutes of uninterrupted "complaint time" when she has my undivided attention hasn't worked. Debunk one complaint and show how that can't possibly happen, and she'll use the same complaint again in 10 minutes. Exercise hasn't worked. Sending her out to play with other children hasn't worked. Mockery hasn't worked. Nothing has worked. Her ability to drive us all bonkers has gone through the roof.
And suddenly I understood poltergeists, because this almost-pubescent child is so annoying as to make even dead people want to throw things at her. Gah!