By Maggie Zeppelin
The 1984 game, Tetris, has now become a possible coping mechanism for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers from the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the LWL University Hospital Bochum and Karolinska Institutet are trying to find new coping mechanisms for PTSD.
PTSD is caused by a stressful, traumatic event at any age. It can cause nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression and more. PTSD is the 3rd most common mental disorder. Like most mental disorders it cannot be fully cured, but there are coping mechanisms that can make life easier and help you adapt.
One of the new studies that the researchers are conducting includes having people suffering with PTSD play Tetris after writing a traumatic event down on a sheet of paper and not talking about it. The study showed that, overtime, the number of flashbacks in the patient decreased. Researchers also tried this in healthy people. This study included healthy people watching a horror movie and playing Tetris. The results ended up decreasing the amount of flashbacks with the healthy people as well.