Dr. Brad McKay: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Part 3
Hi Dr. McKay! Please tell us about yourself.
What is your sleep disorder? At what age were you diagnosed?
My symptoms started when I was about 19 years old in the middle of my medical training. It wasn’t until more than a decade later, when I was in my early thirties, that I finally received a diagnosis of narcolepsy.
In your experience, are there similarities and/or differences between living with a sleep disorder and identifying as LGBTQ+?
What does Pride Month mean to you?
It’s common to feel like the black sheep of the family when you grow up and discover you’re LGBTQ+. It can be incredibly isolating, frustrating, and confusing, especially when your family isn’t supportive. Pride Month is an opportunity to tell people they’re not alone.
What advice would you give someone who is earlier in their journey in the sleep and/or LGBTQ+ community?
It’s so important to find a sleep physician you trust, someone who can help guide you through the more difficult times in life. Sleep disorders aren’t easy to manage because everyone responds differently to treatment. You might need to trial quite a few different medications before you hit on the right combination. Sleep disorders affect both your mental and physical health, so a clinical psychologist who specialises in sleep can be invaluable.