About ADHD – Part 2

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Right.

As you probably noticed, in my previous post (that was supposed to cover what I’m writing today as well), I went off on a tangent  a bit.

But, or maybe because I did that, I missed some things.

So, in the first part of this post, I’ll briefly look at diagnosis once again. Not to long, just to establish the criteria for diagnosis so we can see what they are and how they relate to everything else.

DMS-V and ADHD

9780890425558To start with we’ll look at what it says about ADHD in the DMS-V.

But before we do that, for those of you that have never heard of it (as I suspect a lot of people reading this never have 😉 ), the DMS-V is pretty much the holy book of psychiatry.

If you’re interested you can get your copy of the DMS-V here.

I have to warn you though; unless you need it to study, it’ll probably end up as a nice, albeit quite pricey, paperweight.

The DMS-V defines, among other things, the criteria for diagnoses of mental disorders.

Btw, the “V” in there is the roman numeral for 5, not the letter V as DMS-V stands for: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.

Yes, I would have abbreviated that as well if i were in their shoes.

If we look up ADHD in DMS-V, this is what it says:

“ADHD is the  showing of  a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”

There is an important disclaimer in that sentence. One that is unfortunately often overlooked outside of the medical profession:”that interferes with functioning or development“.

So even if you were to hit all the checkmarks on the questionnaires, in the interviews, etc. etc., you wouldn’t/shouldn’t be diagnosed with ADHD unless it interferes with your functioning or development.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to hit all those checkmarks and have it not interfere with functioning. At least not if you’re an adult in today’s society or a child in school. Then again, I guess that if you’re independently wealthy it doesn’t necessarily have to interfere. You can just go and do your thing.

Then again, I guess that if you’re independently wealthy it doesn’t necessarily have to interfere. You can just go and do your thing.  Unfortunately, I’m nowhere near “independently wealthy” (yet. Feel free to help, I’ll be more than happy to accept PayPal and/or other donations).

So for me, like most other people that go through the diagnoses process, it interfered with functioning.

ADHD Sleep

 

But before I go on about that, let’s first have a look at those diagnostic criteria:

Diagnostic criteria for ADHD:

  1. Inattention: six (or more) symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five (or more) for adolescents 17 and older and for adults; the symptoms of inattention must have been present for at least 6 months, and they are inappropriate for developmental level:
  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
  • Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
  • Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
  • Is often easily distracted
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities.

2. Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: 6 (or more) symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for children up to age 16, or five (or more) for adolescents 17 and older and for adults; the symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the person’s developmental level:

  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
  • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
  • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
  • Often talks excessively.
  • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
  • Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
In addition, the following conditions must be met:
  • ADHD
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    Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.

  • Several symptoms are present in two or more setting, (such as at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).
  • There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.
  • The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (such as a mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder). The symptoms do not happen only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder.

As you might have noticed from the criteria, diagnosis is also broken up into 2 separate parts.

The first list of criteria focuses on inattention (ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive) while the second list looks at hyperactivity and impulsiveness (ADHD-Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive) instead.

Although the descriptions are clear let’s take a closer look at the different types of ADHD anyway.

3 different types of ADHD

Given that there are 2 different sets of criteria, 3 different types of ADHD can occur:

  1. ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive
  2. ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive
  3. ADHD – Combined

Let’s take a closer look at these 3.

1. ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive

ADHD Primarily Inattentive
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ADHD Predominantly Inattentive is different from the other two types in that less than six of the hyperactive-impulsive symptoms will be present. You’ll even often see that Hyperactive-Impulsive symptoms are not, or hardly, manifesting at all.

Because these symptoms aren’t showing there is an unfortunate side-effect.

ADHD Predominantly Inattentive is often not noticed at all, especially in children.

These kids are not running around like crazy, they’re not acting out all the time, they’re calm and even may appear to be doing the things they’re supposed to be doing.

Because this is often not diagnosed these kids are regularly labeled as lazy, uncaring and even dumb (or the apparently more politically correct “not smart”).

Up until recently, this was called ADD instead.

2.  ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive

Hyperactive-Impulsive is true to its name.

Hyperactive children always seem to be “on the go”. They run around and touch/play with anything they can find and they have a tendency to talk incessantly.

You probably won’t see them sit still either. And even if they appear to sit still, you’ll often notice them fidgeting or tapping their feet continuously when you pay a bit more attention. They also have a tendency to try to do everything at once.

Impulsive children appear to be unable to control their immediate reactions or to think before they act. They will often blurt out things that come to mind, regardless of whether they’re appropriate or not. They will show their emotions without restraint and they act without thinking of the consequences (see “kid next door” in the previous post ).

Because they are so impulsive they often find it hard to wait for things they want or even to just wait for their turn.

Even in their teens and later in life they will often choose to impulsively do things that have an immediate payoff. Even if other activities will give a much larger, but delayed, reward.

3.  ADHD – Combined

There’s not much to say about this one apart from “it’s the most common form of ADHD”. Symptoms will be a combination of the previous two, and the behavior of people in this group will be a combination of the previous 2 as well.

So no running around like a headless chicken all day but no staring off into space, dreaming, all day either.

We’ve just gone over the clinical part of it, although I may have simplified some things a bit. Feel free to get the DMS-V after all if you want to get all nitty-gritty.

But after all of that, let’s have a look at how people with ADHD describe it:

I’ll start by quoting somebody who actually studied for it so who knows the clinical look as well as a lot of the misconceptions surrounding ADHD:

People who think ADD means having a short attention span misunderstand what ADD is,” says Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., a psychologist in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the author of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. “A better way to look at it is that people with ADD have a disregulated attention system.”

So it’s not that people with ADHD don’t/can’t pay attention to anything, they pay attention to the “wrong” things instead.

I’m a good example of that myself.

Ask me anything I learned in school and I’ll probably draw blanks. But play a song from that same period and I’ll likely be able to sing along with all the lyrics, even if I haven’t heard the song for years. Misdirected attention.

Or have a conversation with me and you’ll find my mind will likely wander off at some point. But, put me in the middle of 3 different conversations and I’ll likely keep up with all of them. Again, misdirected attention.

What do I mean by that? Exactly what I said;  attention is present, it’s just completely misdirected.  And, unfortunately, it’s something that can’t be controlled all the time either. Mainly because it all happens subconsciously.

Let’s have a look at what somebody else has to say about living with ADHD:

ADHD
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Kyle Pennell – ADHD Metaphor 

Here’s a metaphor: having ADHD/ADD is like having an iPhone loaded with apps and enabling notifications for all of them. If you did this on an iPhone, you’d get overwhelmed with “someone tagged you in X” “So and so checked in at X” “You’ve received a coupon for nearby y” notifications every couple minutes. Only through practice and discipline are you actually able to turn those notifications off and actually get some function out of your tool. In this case it’s my mind.”

Although quite accurate there is one small thing Kyle missed in my opinion.

It’s like having that iPhone but not having been handed a manual.

The settings for all notifications are hidden and new apps with more notifications are automatically installed all the time. These apps don’t come with a manual either so you have to find the settings for all of them yourself. At the same time, notifications for existing apps get randomly turned on again.

Yes, with practice you can learn how to turn off the notifications. But new ones keep coming anyway so it’s not something you will ever master entirely. Instead, it’s something you learn to deal with.

Now to be fair, for some people medication helps just fine. All of a sudden all notifications get turned off and they can lead a “normal” life. But  others don’t like the (possible) side effects as it makes them feel like “a different person”. So they either give up or they try to use breathing exercises, meditation and a myriad of other solutions to help keep them on track, with varying levels of success.

If you are diagnosed with ADHD my suggestion is to just try the various types of medication as well as meditation etc. Figure out what works for you and make that part of your routine.

One thing that helps me it’s getting up and talking a walk outside. That often helps get me back on track.

I said often because there are days when my ADHD just takes over completely and everything distracts me. That includes anything in the room. And yes, even the things that aren’t moving.

On days like that, I prefer to either forget about my plans entirely, if I can. I’ll just go out and will do things that don’t require my full attention. . But, like most of us, I can’t always do that.

ADHD MedicationSo if I have to get work done while I really can’t focus, I use medication.

And I could even choose to use medication all the time. I’m lucky in that the side effects are not bad for me. Not to the point where they bother me anyway.

I just don’t like taking medication if I don’t have to. I rarely even take paracetamol and for those of you that have seen me at festivals, you know there are days that could definitely help me 😀

Ok, so a bit of a tangent again but I hope you learned a bit more about ADHD from it anyway.

Stay tuned for the next installment.

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About ADHD – Part 1 – Diagnosis

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You know that feeling you sometimes get? You come home and put your keys down and 2 seconds later you have no idea where you left them?

Or you walk into a room but you can’t remember why you even went there in the first place?

Or maybe you planned a double appointment because you forgot all about the first one?

Well, that’s pretty much what ADHD is like. Except it’s not “sometimes”. It’s 24/7.

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Ok, maybe not 24/7.

People with ADHD don’t have any of these issues when they’re asleep. If they’re asleep that is as.

I say “if” because Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) is very common among people with ADHD as well.

Great for dancers going to festivals, not so great for people that have 9-5 jobs and need to be up early in the morning.

But no, if one of these things happens to you pretty regularly you probably don’t have ADHD.

And no, if you have days where this happens to you 4 or 5 times, you probably don’t have ADHD either. That is actually quite common and a lot of people have that.

There is no need to start linking any of these things to ADHD until you have them every day, all day. And even then you might not have ADHD. You may just be forgetful.

Which brings me to this, if you are curious to find out whether you may have ADHD (or ADD) there are several tests online, like this one and this one.

They’re not conclusive but they will give you an indication.

Most likely, if you take one of these tests, the test will confirm something you already know, you don’t have ADHD.

After all, despite the impression you might sometimes get from the media,  only a small percentage of the population has ADHD. Your chances of being outside of this group are much bigger than your chances of being part of it.

Sorry, we’re elitists like that 😉

Granted, if you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering whether you have ADHD (or you are somebody who knows me and wonders why I act like such a random idiot at times in which case this is not relevant 😉 ) so your chance of scoring more toward the AD(H)D side of the test is slightly higher.

If  you’re in that group, keep in mind the tests are not conclusive. They just give an indication.

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A diagnosis is part of a longer process that involves:

  • Interviews with the parents, relatives, teachers, or other adults
  • a trained specialist watching the child or adult
  • Questionnaires or rating scales that measure symptoms of ADHD
  • Psychological tests

 

To give you an example, I’ll run you through my own diagnoses (in the Netherlands).

*** warning, I went on a bit of a tangent and rather than keeping it brief I, kinda lengthily, ran through most of the process, Feel free to scan if you’re easily distracted ***

First, I did an online test.

Mind you, I didn’t do it to see if I had ADHD. I did it because a friend was annoying the hell out of me by always saying I had ADHD (he did for sure).

So I decided to take the test and to proof, once and for all, that I didn’t have ADHD, I was just energetic.  (I’d link the test but A – it was in dutch, and B – they’ve since replaced it with a different test).

As it turned out, the test had 3 outcomes (I did the test several times, purposely giving different answers,  to see if it only had one outcome or more 🙂 ).

The first outcome was along the lines of:

“Nothing to see here, move along. If you want to know more about ADHD read recommended resources.”

The second outcome was a bit more open to the possibility and said something like:

“You most likely don’t have ADHD. But, if you want to be 100% sure make an appointment with your GP.”

Now I didn’t get either of those when I answered the questions honestly. Instead, my outcome said something like:

“It’s likely you have ADHD. Don’t call us, we’ll call you”

And call they did.

About ADHD Diagnose
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Within 24 hours, a friendly lady called me  to do a 15-minute phone interview.

Given that I was at my mom’s place I decided to go upstairs so I could do the call in a nice quiet room, rather than in the living room. Too many distractions there.

At this point, I was sure that the tests results were wrong and this interview would just confirm that.

But, I had 15 minutes to spare anyway so why not go through the interview and be certain the test results were wrong.

So I went ahead and had a lovely chat with the friendly lady on the other side of the line.

At the end of the call, she explained that it was procedure to go over the interview with another colleague before saying anything.

Fine by me, I didn’t have ADHD anyway. That was something I was sure of. She then told me that it usually takes them about 15 minutes  to discuss it and that she would call me back afterward.

Sounded fair to me.

I walked down the stairs again and started to tell mom about the call I just had when the phone rang again.

Odd, I usually don’t get that many calls. Most people know it’s much easier to reach me through messages.

Turns out that discussing my interview took more like 15 seconds than 15 minutes and they wanted me to come in for an in-person interview.

I’ll admit, at this point I was a bit confused. After all, surely I didn’t have ADHD so why did they want me to come in?

But, better safe than sorry, so we made an appointment.

By now I started to get a bit more curious. All I knew about ADHD at that time was the annoying kid next door when I grew up. He never stopped screaming and was always throwing tantrums. That definitely wasn’t me.

So why would they think I could have ADHD after all?

Luckily the web is full of information and Google is your friend (mine anyway) so I went ahead and started reading.

As I worked my way through website after website there were things I could identify with:

  • Often abandoning projects before they’re done
  • starting studies and not finishing (most of) them
  •  getting distracted even when people are having a 1-1 conversation with you
  • misplacing things
  • forgetting about important appointments
  • forgetting what you were going to say in the middle of …
About ADHD
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Oh look!

A yellow truck!!

That reminds me, I have to go to the gym!

Wait.. uhmm.. , right… I was saying something… What were we talking about again?

Never mind. Probably wasn’t important.

But also things like being able to  focus very intently on things that did interest me.

At times, the focus is so strong that people with ADHD become oblivious to the world around them.  Up to the point where your reading while the bell rings in school, everybody leaves the class and you don’t notice a thing until the teacher taps on your shoulder to tell you that recess  is almost over and you need to get to your next class.

They even came up with a name for that, hyperfocus.

Still, everything I read seemed more like a description of my father than of me. And who cares that ADHD is hereditary.

So, I was still sure they were wrong and I didn’t have ADHD.

It was with that feeling, and newfound knowledge, that I went for the in-person interview.

Another lady was waiting for me and I started to wonder if somehow only women were allowed to do be part of the diagnosis process and how that could not possibly be true as that would be really strange, not to mention illegal. Yes, I can be random at times.

And, in case you’re wondering… Obviously, they don’t just work with female doctors. It was something called “coincidence”.

That said, in the entire process (which lasted over a year for me, but more about that in another post) I only ran into one male psychiatrist.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine went through the same process only encountered 1 female psychiatrist. Funny how coincidences work (told you I could be random).

This time, rather than an intern that did the phone call, it was an “actual” doctor (psychiatrist) who picked me up from the waiting area to do do the interview.

About ADHD Coffee
“My coffee’s design for the day at Fluid” by ~ggvic~

Before we began she offered me coffee or tea (coffee please) and actually started with some chitchat about coffee.

Did I like coffee? Yes! I love it! (some things never change)

When did I start drinking coffee? Not sure, I don’t remember. As a kid is all I remember.

Did I drink a lot of coffee? No idea, what’s “a lot”?,

etc. etc.

After that the interview started and we moved on to  questions about focus, restlessness and… uhmm.. a lot more.

The interview took an hour, but I by the end of it I couldn’t remember half of it. Maybe she was onto something with this focus thing.

She gave me some tests to do at home and told me to drop them off again in 2 days.

Apparently saying: “Do them and send them in when you’re done.” was not very successful with their patients.

As the tests were rarely filled out and handed in when they said that, they opted for this instead. A clear deadline with an actionable point.

And I did what she said.

I actually did it all the same day because… Well, I don’t know. I guess I wanted to proof they were wrong and I didn’t have ADHD. I was so not that annoying kid from next door.

Oh, and she casually mentioned that yes, 20 cups of coffee a day is a lot. Too much even and I should really try to cut down a bit.

But she also said it was quite common among people with ADHD to drink a lot of coffee before they were diagnosed as it’s a form of self-medication.

Hmmm, maybe she didn’t know what she was talking about  after all.

About ADHD test
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So by now I’ve done an online test, a phone interview, an in-person interview and some more tests. And “they” tell me that it’s likely I have ADHD. Naturally, by this time I start to think “what if”.

Mind you, she only said “likely” so, there was still a chance that I  was right after all and they were wrong. I mean, how could they possibly know better than me, right? And yes, can you say “denial”.

I mean, how could they possibly know better than me, right? And yes, can you say “denial”.

A new appointment was made to discuss the test results and they took the opportunity to do a second interview as well.

So a test, a phone interview, a regular interview, more tests and another interview. Either they are really thorough or they are just indecisive. Let’s hope it’s the first one.

They decide, again, that it’s likely I have ADHD.

And because it’s likely they want to interview some people that have known me all my life. Well, that’s easy, that only leaves my mom.

Over to mom again it is.  She’s deaf,  so calling is a bit.. uhmm.. impossible. Or rather, at this point in her life, she could hear about 25% of all sounds, on one side, with a hearing aid.

So, maybe not “deaf” deaf but calling still wasn’t an option. Not a viable one anyway.

We have coffee (duh!), check our schedules and make another appointment.

And btw, if you made it to this point you probably don’t have ADHD. Or, if this is the 11th post about ADHD  you’ve read in a row, you might be

Or, if this is the 11th post about ADHD  you’ve read in a row, you might be hyperfocusing and it may be a good idea to make an appointment with your GP. The results from the tests above should give you an indication.

So off we go for the next appointment.

By now my mom has already been asked to fill out some tests as well, answering questions about me before I turned 12 so they can have a look at that information as well.

Image by:Wikivisual
Image by:Wikivisual

This time, the interview takes about 1.5 hours.

Part of it is spent asking my mom questions and the other part was spent asking me more questions.

Some a bit more intimate than I felt comfortable discussing in the presence of mom.

But then, sending her out and having her sit outside alone, waiting for me to finish the interview,  seemed rude.

After all, she was there to help me. So that wasn’t an option anymore, even though it was offered as one before my part of the interview started.

Ah well, too late now.

Anyway, another interview over and I get (surprise, surprise) informed I likely have ADHD. But, the doctor is going to discuss it all with another doctor first before saying anything conclusive.

That settles it, they’re just indecisive!

The next day there is another phone call. My doctor (yes, I’ve gone to calling her my doctor) calls to tell me that they’ve decided I have ADHD.

Wow, they can decide after all. Apparently, they were just thorough. Time to stop denying and see how I can move forward.

So why did I write all of this?

Honestly, mainly because I got distracted when I was writing.

I could have just said “there is more to the diagnosis than a test”as I had planned to do. Because that’s all I wanted to make clear before writing more about ADHD.

Instead, this is now going to turn into a series of posts. Or at least 2. Time will tell.

ADD by XKCD
“ADD” by XKCD , used under Creative Commons

 

But there you have it, an insight into the process involved with diagnosis.

So rather than telling you more about ADHD, like I intended to do with this post,  I’m going to leave it here for now.

I’ll write more about ADHD in the next post.

And if you don’t know XKCD yet (cartoon above), go there now for your dose of smart humor.

Just check back from time to time to see if it’s up. Or subscribe to my newsletter which serves absolutely no purpose but to inform people about new posts 🙂

Oh and…

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Get some that are available under Creative Commons licenses (and provide the proper attribution), make your own (I was too lazy) or buy them from a stock agency (yes, that costs money).

 

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Bose in-ear noise canceling headphones

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As you may know, I wrote about my Bose noise canceling headphones a while ago. I love them but sometimes they’re a bit inconvenient as they do take up quite a bit of space.

As I travel a fair bit space can be an issue (and I don’t always want to walk with them around my neck all the time either) so I decided to also buy the Bose in Ear headphones as it takes up very little space.

But let me first throw in a disclaimer; they’re not cheap

Granted, they’re not as expensive as their bigger brother (the over ear Bose noise canceling headphones) but they’re still not cheap.

You’re likely going to be giving up the equivalent of a flight somewhere to get them. Unless you’re one of my friends in London, then you’ll be giving up the equivalent of a year’s worth of Ryanair and Easyjet flights I think 😉

With that out of the way, on to the earplugs themselves

Bose in-ear headphones carry caseThe headphones come with a little carry case that prevents the cable getting tangled up with other items in your pocket.

I like that it’s a bit understated and without lots of flashy colors. Not only because I’m getting old (I figured I’d say it before somebody else does) but also because they don’t draw that much attention.

And when traveling it’s always nice not to draw too much attention to your valuables.

Bose stayhear headphone tips in-earThe headset comes with 3 different size earpieces. Very nice as you can pick the one that fits best. Apparently, I have average size ears as for me that’s medium which I have to admit, surprised me. Normally when I have earpieces they come in “one size fits all” and they generally start hurting after a while. But, with these iIt’s a nice comfortable fit and I can wear the headphones all day without them bothering me .

The sound is surprisingly good. Or maybe I should say, it’s much better than I expected. It’s not as good as the Bose Q25 but then, that is to be expected. After all, they’re much smaller. And  the headphones also work when the battery is empty and I can’t use noise canceling anymore. But, I prefer the sound with noise canceling on. That might just be a personal preference.

Bose QuietComfort 20 controlsThe QuietComfort 20 also come with a microphone . Quite convenient if you’re walking around and get a call or just remember you need to make a call.

I like the fact that the noise canceling still works when calling. No matter where I am I can always hear the other person loud and clear.

Oh, that reminds me… These come in 2 versions. The QuietComfort 20 and the QuietComfort 20i. The only difference between these is that the QuietComfort 20 works with Android while the QuietComfort 20i works with iPhones.

I was lucky to get the right one as I had no idea there were 2 different versions when I bought them.  Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that anymore as you know now.

A nice feature of the earplugs is what Bose calls the “Aware Mode”. This allows you to hear more of what is going on around you.

I know that sounds counterintuitive. After all, why would you buy noise canceling headphones only to let in more noise again? But this is actually really nice when you’re at the airport. Rather than taking out your earplugs you can just press a button and you’ll hear the service announcements clearly again. I love this!

QC20 chargingInside the control module is a rechargeable battery that fully charges in under 2 hours and then lets you listen to music of over 15 hours. It charges through a micro USB cable so you can charge it pretty much anywhere, even from your laptop.

Although I still prefer the over ear version when I’m traveling I have to admit that I use these more. Not only do I take them on trips when I need every bit of space but I also use them when just walking around town. It works just as well for shutting out the crowds in Amsterdam or Ljubljana as it does for shutting out engine noise.

So, like the other ones, I can definitely recommend these. And, again like the other ones, you can have them delivered to your door easily by clicking the links below.

Bose QuietComfort 20 for Android

Bose QuietComfort 20i for Apple


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A new look

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No, no. Not for me. For the blog.

I got fed up with the old look so I decided it was time for a change.

To be honest, for a long time it didn’t really bothered me what it looked like. I rarely posted anyway so who cares, right?

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I’ve been boring lately

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At least that’s what some people told me and I have to admit, I think they’re right.

Summer Sensual Days

First of all my liver needed a break after Croatia so that was alcohol out the window.

But then I’ve also been indoors all the time and have hardly spent any time on Facebook letting people know I’m still alive. So yes, boring.

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Habitica – gaming against procrastination

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Let me start by admitting something, I’m a procrastinator. If I can postpone things I tend to do it. Then, when that deadline comes creeping up I have no choice but to lose sleep to catch up with work I’m behind on. And it’s not new. I was one of those kids that you saw in school with a book, 5 minutes before a test. Not because I wanted to go over things again but because I still hadn’t covered it all yet. And yes, I know. After all those years you’d think that I’d learn that it probably isn’t the best way to do things. But alas, it seems it’s just ingrained.

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Back in NL… for now.

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As some of you already know, I’m back in NL. For now anyway.

I’m here looking to start a new contract but we still have to iron out some minor details. Like me actually being allowed to work legally here. Or rather, work legally in a way that’s beneficial to everybody.

Smart in NLAs I moved away from the Netherlands it makes no sense for me to pay tax here but given recent changes in the law and the fact that nobody seems to know what they’re talking about anymore (at least nobody at the company that is supposed to know) it’s taking a bit longer than planned.

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Photography workshops

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I think most people that somehow end up here are already my friend on Facebook. But just in case…

Some of you have asked (some more recently and some a long time ago now 🙂 ) if I could do photography workshops. And although I sat down a couple of times to make a start, that never happened.

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Ljubljana – A beautiful hidden gem

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Ljubljana University
Ljubljana University

Ok, so maybe it’s not really hidden. It is the capital of Slovenia after all. That said, I know many people have never been there so calling it “hidden” is still ok. And yes, it’s a gem. The city center is probably one of the most beautiful city centers in Europe.

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Right… Zagreb

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I really want to write more but to be honest, I haven’t really been here. I’ve been to Split (more about that later) and after I came back I pretty much went straight to Sardinia. After that it was on to editing pics and now social obligations (yes, I know… the hard life. Somebody has to do it though 😉 )

So hopefully I’ll have some time to write this week about the things that happened.

For now, have a great weekend !

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