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Savage Garden: Darren Hayes Needs Therapy To Cope With Childhood Trauma

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Darren Hayes of Savage Garden reveals he needs therapy every week for his depression and childhood trauma from having an abusive father

Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes detailed his experience with therapy and mental health.

The 50-year-old singer revealed on ABC panel show Q+A on Thursday that he goes to therapy every week to work through his childhood trauma and depression.

“I’m very open about living with major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said.

Brave: Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes revealed on the ABC panel show Q+A on Thursday that he goes to therapy every week to deal with his childhood trauma and depression

“For a few reasons: I’ll try to keep it short,” he added.

“I grew up in a family with an abusive, alcoholic father. He was physically abusive to my mother and to us as children.”

“I’m 50 now, and because of the results of that, I still go to therapy every week.

“I also inherited a major depressive disorder—and I live with it proudly—which usually comes from my mother’s side of the family.”

Traumatic: 'I grew up in a family with an abusive, alcoholic father.  He was physically abusive to my mother and to us as children,

Traumatic: ‘I grew up in a family with an abusive, alcoholic father. He was physically abusive to my mother and to us as children,” said the Truly hitmaker Madly Deeply

Hayes also said two people from his “immediate family committed suicide.”

Despite living with depression and trauma, the Truly hitmaker Madly Deeply said he was lucky to have been “born in a country with an amazing health care system.”

‘I unfortunately’ live in a country [the USA] with a horrible health care system,” he added.

“I always advocate for this country and how lucky we are to have access to it. But I really survived and am here today because of access to therapy and medication.”

Support: Despite living with depression and trauma, Truly's hitmaker Madly Deeply said he was

Support: Despite living with depression and trauma, Truly’s hitmaker Madly Deeply said he was “lucky to have been “born in a country with a great health care system”

The Brisbane native spoke about his mental health in a unique way.

“I describe my mental health as a kind of superpower. This allows me to see a spectrum of colors that I don’t think everyone gets to see,” he told the panel.

“I think the emotions I feel sometimes allow me to soar to great heights and dive to great depths that helped me in my artistry.

During the show, Hayes also reflected on his latest single, Poison Blood, and how his mental health experience inspired the lyrics.

“I say in that song, ‘It’s a blessing, a gift and a curse / Every day is a decision to stay with my poisonous blood,'” he told host Virginia Trioli.

Inspired: During the show, Hayes also reflected on his latest single, Poison Blood, and how his mental health experience inspired the lyrics

Inspired: During the show, Hayes also reflected on his latest single, Poison Blood, and how his mental health experience inspired the lyrics

Hayes’ appearance on Q+A comes months after he announced he would be touring Australia to celebrate 25 years of Savage Garden.

‘For the first time in over ten years, I’m returning to Australian stages with my Do You Remember? Tour, in honor of 25 years of music,” he announced in March.

His tour kicks off in Perth on January 31, 2023, before heading to Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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