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loss or absence of parts, organs, powers, or things that are needed.
emotional deprivation deprivation of adequate and appropriate interpersonal or environmental experience, usually in the early developmental years.
maternal deprivation the result of premature loss or absence of the mother or of lack of proper mothering; see also maternal deprivation syndrome.
sensory deprivation a condition in which an individual receives less than normal sensory input. It can be caused by physiological, motor, or environmental disruptions. Effects include boredom, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, confusion, and inaccurate perception of sensory stimuli. Auditory and visual hallucinations and disorientation in time and place indicate perceptual distortions due to sensory deprivation. Symptoms can be produced by solitary confinement, loss of sight or hearing, paralysis, and even by ordinary hospital bed rest.
sleep deprivation a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as prolonged periods of time without sleep (sustained, natural, periodic suspension of relative consciousness).
thought deprivation blocking (def. 2).


Absence, loss, or withholding of something needed.


The complete or nearly complete lack of direct access to adequate amenities, housing, employment opportunities etc. Levels of deprivation can be assessed with the standard Townsend measurement, which is based on car ownership, property ownership, unemployment and overcrowding.


Absence, loss, or withholding of something needed.


Failure to obtain or to be provided with a sufficiency of the material, intellectual or spiritual requirements for normal development and happiness.


A condition of having too little of something.
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Patient discussion about deprivation

Q. what are the affects of sleep deprivation, and can I counteract them? I’m a college student and I’ve been sleeping for 5-6 hours a night for the past month…what symptoms should I expect? And how can I counteract them?

A. I studied this just 2 days ago:

Studies on sleep deprivation are actually beginning to show that people do not require as much sleep as traditionally taught. While sleep deficits effect first auditory acuity, and can even cause people to go into what are called microsleeps, researchers are finding that when people are being deprived of sleep they actually sleep more efficiently (spending more time in stages 3 and 4 of sleep) The problem is that people do not train themselves properly to shortened sleep periods, thus stuggle to adapt when they cannot receive the customary eight hours. Ideally, with adequate control and preperation, people can sleep for 4 hours a night and be fully cognatively functional.

(DaVinci purportedly survived on 15min cat naps taken every four hours his entire adult life, and he was certainly on his toes)

Just thought you'de find that interesting

See Pinel's chapter on Sleep in his text "Biopsychology" for more. (Pinel, 2009)


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Early postnatal maternal deprivation on P6 for 24 hours caused a significant decrease in brain lipid peroxidation and a significant increase in GPx activity in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and striatum, as an immediate response, that is, on P7.
Our results are indicative for the involvement of NOX in the development of long-lasting effects of early maternal deprivation. Further investigations are necessary in order to fully elucidate the exact mechanisms behind this connection and eventually use the obtained knowledge in revealing new therapeutic strategies.
Early maternal deprivation produces long-term redox alterations in the brain of rats.
Cahyadi et al., "Opposite effects of early maternal deprivation on neurogenesis in male versus female rats," PLoS ONE, vol.
Chowen, "Maternal deprivation induces a rapid decline in circulating leptin levels and sexually dimorphic modifications in hypothalamic trophic factors and cell turnover," Hormones and Behavior, vol.
Cools, "The long-term effects of maternal deprivation depend on the genetic background," Neuropsychopharmacology, vol.
We will use the term maternal deprivation to refer to the wide range of possibilities here, including maternal privation--being deprived of maternal care from birth--and maternal deprivation--being separated from the biological mother after some period of maternal care (Ainsworth, 1962; Gandelman, 1992).
These deficits are less global, and appear to be specific consequences of maternal deprivation (Ainsworth, 1962; Gunnar, 2001; Kraemer, 1992).
Research on the connection between maternal deprivation and later attachment disturbances has a venerable tradition stretching back to the pioneering work of Bowlby (1951; 1969/1982, 1973, 1980) and Harlow (1958, 1971), among others.
Children who suffer maternal deprivation will very often experience limited sensory input and have limited opportunities for transactional experiences with their social and physical environments (Gunnar, 2001; Johnson, 2000).
The convergence of these findings strongly suggests that early experience, maternal deprivation in particular, is a causative factor in the formation of the antisocial personality.
Maternal deprivation: Toward an empirical and conceptual re-evaluation.

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