Soviet Video Game Helps Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Researchers at Oxford University, together with colleagues from the Karolinska Institute, found out that playing Tetris can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), The Telegraph newspaper reported.

Scientists claim that car crash victims who were allowed to play Tetris within six hours after the disaster showed reduction of the PTSD development risk.

At the moment, the researchers analysed 71 cases, but they need to conduct several more experiments in order to confirm the correctness of their hypothesis.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can also occur in the victims of natural disasters, terrorist acts and military actions. PTSD is treated with psychotherapeutic and medicamental methods.

Tetris was invented in 1984 by the Soviet programmer Alexei Pajitnov.