August 30th, 2010

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ANON POST: psychological effects of sleep deprivation as child abuse

I'm writing about the more long term effects of a now-adult child abuse victim who suffered severe sleep deprivation an average of two to three times a week roughly between the ages of eight and twelve - kept awake an average of twenty-something hours and then allowed sleep only when it was disrupted by noise and light in the room where he slept, usually on the floor. This abuse occurred at the same time that he was regularly denied food - not to the extent that it reached a state of semi-starvation but enough that, combined with the unhealthiness of the food given, at least slightly stunted his growth. The story's set in an alternate universe that's close to current day, not that it really seems to matter in regards to the effects of the deprivation.

What I'm really looking for is a more in-depth idea of the psychological effects of this type of abuse beyond the basic long term effects I've found regarding health risks and the usual mentions of increased confusion and frustration.

I.e., is it believable for him to suffer paranoia/suspicion of others when someone keeps him from sleep, and am I wrong in writing him as having an ability to change his sleep habits easily when his brain decides its what needed to survive? Similarly, would the sleep deprivation have exacerbated the effects of the malnutrition experienced at the same time or am I relying on it too much in regards to his psychological state after he reaches adulthood?

Searched under various permutations of "sleep deprivation child abuse," "long term effects of sleep deprivation," "sleep deprivation torture," and "sleep deprivation malnourishment."
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Hinduism

 I've been working on a concept for a graphic novel with a friend for a few months now, and part of the story involves a solid understanding of Hinduism. I've been reading books, watching videos, and googling my little heart out, but I would really like to interview an actual Hindu to get both a specific and general sense of their experience with Hinduism and the overall state of Hinduism in the world today. While I'd appreciate links to helpful videos or articles, I've already seen/read quite a bit of those, and would rather have either someone very familiar with the religion or an actual practitioner to answer some questions that I have.

An actual interview isn't necessary, but I would like to know a bit about my subject before preparing any kind of questionnaire, or else I fear I'd swamp a stranger with questions that may not even pertain to their experiences/background. So if you are interested, please comment with your "Hinduism credentials" and tell me how you'd prefer to be interviewed, whether you'd like me to just ask my questions on this post via comment form or if I might talk to you over AIM. Whatever is more convenient for you!

Thanks in advance :)
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The fine art of poisoning

I've Googled around and found a few treatments for acute cyanide poisoning, including B12, hydroxylamine hydrochloride, and amyl nitrite. But I haven't been able to find out timing or what the person being treated/poisoned is like at any stage of the process.

Googled the following: Cyanide poisoning, treatments for cyanide poisoning, counteracting cyanide.

The story is present-day, and the scene is happening in (alternate universe, dystopic) Orlando, Florida.

My character wants to extract some information from a guy who would prefer swallowing a cyanide caplet to divulging said information. They're at a bar, and she's sneaky enough to be able to slip things into his drink. She knows that he's likely to try to poison himself the second that he figures out what she's after. To prevent this, I'd like her to be able to give him something that would at least keep him alive, conscious, and able to answer questions for a few minutes. It doesn't matter if he ultimately dies—in fact, it's preferable that he does—as long as he lives a bit longer than he intends.

What would be most effective for these purposes? And how clearheaded would be be after consuming all of these chemicals (plus alcohol, presumably)? Bonus points for not having a distinctive taste.