A team of Egyptian researchers found, in a sample of 74 outpatients, a relationship between trauma and first-episode schizophrenia, with a “mediating” role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). The study appears this month in the Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease.
Fawzi, M., Kira, I., et al; Trauma Profile in Egyptian Adolescents With First-Episode Schizophrenia: Relation to Psychopathology and Plasma Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease. January 2013