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dear @miral
hopefully you have had a good rapport and work with this therapist in the past so there are positive take-aways from the experience. IMO it sounds like time to find another therapist who can help you explore this. Therapy is expensive and your time is valuable too.

It’s not possible for healthcare providers to become experts in every field, so sometimes our health does need us to seek out a certain kind of expertise. (Here is a nice comprehensive article that describes some of the gaps between likely incidence, diagnosis, treatment and responses: https://healthengine.com.au/info/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-adults-adult-adhd )

Spending your precious energy educating your provider and updating them to current research would be generous and might get you the diagnosis. (You could fill out the Jasper/Goldberg Screening and bring them a PDF copy, since it’s a robustly validated psychometric, even cross-culturally.) But that is actually just the start of the next chapter of your life – You need providers experienced at working with people in the next phase.

Whether you are diagnosed with AD(H)D or even if you have lots of symptoms that don’t 100% fit (say a sub-clinical version of AD(H)D), many of the strategies an AD(H)D coach or clinician would teach you will help make your quality of life better. In most cases you would start to see benefits within a visit or two…
bloom!