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Opinion: Preventing PTSD: calling Dr. Tetris?

Could the computer game Tetris one day play a role in preventing the onset of PTSD?

Preventive psychiatry, a forgotten chapter in the history of mental health, is trying to make a comeback. One area in which it is being explored is post-traumatic stress disorder. This condition represents an excellent opportunity for prevention because of the so-called golden hours: the period between experiencing a traumatic event and the onset of PTSD. It represents a window of opportunity for medical intervention to set the brain on a path toward recovery.

Consolidating memories is an essential function for the human brain. This process involves stabilizing memories and allowing them to ripen and mature.

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