Diagnosis in-hand, Jenna tried a variety of medications to alleviate the symptoms of her condition, but these were done through means of trial and error, meaning that her struggles weren’t destined to disappear overnight.
“There was always like this five days out of the month where I was just totally not Jenna,” she said. “I would just sob, I couldn’t go to class, I could hardly talk to people. I would go to church and have to leave because I’d get so sad and it just wouldn’t stop.”
Things started on an upswing for Jenna after a recommendation that she see a psychiatrist for her condition. His suggestion to her was simple – well, as simple as neurotransmitters can be – she needed serotonin. This in mind, he prescribed Jenna an antidepressant, granting her a new chance to live life again, on her terms.
“Like, if you had to narrow down one thing that helped me the most, it was that because it got me to a place where I can manage it,” Jenna said.
Though the process wasn’t easy, Jenna’s efforts to attain a better quality of life have paid their weight in gold. She’s in a better place now, but the fight’s far from over. Even today, Jenna’s art serves as both an outlet and a reminder as to who she truly is.
“For me, it was more helpful to stop thinking about myself. Like, I don’t feel good or I feel anxious, so I’m just gonna focus on something else, and that’s been Twenty Seven for me,” Jenna said.