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Stephen ‘tWITCH’ Boss’s Death & High-Functioning Depression

Stephen 'tWitch' Boss

Stephen Boss, lovingly referred to by his stage name, tWITCH, was a sensational dancer, DJ, and media personality.

Famous for his work on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and ‘The Ellen Show,’ he maintained his positive persona in TikTok dance videos made with his loved ones. Tragically, Boss was pronounced dead on December 13, 2022, his passing being ruled as death by suicide. He was only 40 years old. Banyan Mental Health discusses the impact of high-functioning depression, Boss’ legacy, and what should be done to help those struggling.

*If you or someone you know is struggling with their own crisis, you can reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. You can also text HOME to 741741 and reach the Crisis Text Line, which began with You can also access additional resources at*

What Is High-Functioning Depression? 

While not a clinical term, high-functioning depression is the phrase used to describe people who meet the criteria for a depression diagnosis but can still function well enough to not signal a problem to those around them. It can seem confusing, and these individuals may even be viewed as the life of the party. Boss’s death is a clear example of this. When his passing was announced, many people not only did not want to believe but truly could not wrap their heads around the idea of someone who was doing so well ending up making this irreversible choice.  

Boss’s situation highlights the severity of these experiences and should call for more care to be given even when things are all right. Just because someone is fulfilling their obligations does not always mean that there is nothing wrong. While it is always important to check in on someone who you think may be struggling, it is not always enough to suffice. Regardless of if someone is visibly suffering from a bout of crippling depression or is simply dropping hints in the middle of their productive day that they are not doing that well, professional care is recommended. 

A key factor in the escalation of these thoughts and experiences is the isolation that is perpetuated by the stigma surrounding mental health. Across various communities, demographics, and families, a misunderstanding of the depth of mental illness and resistance to receiving care negatively affects countless people around the country. It is crucial that proper resources are provided, especially to members of these communities.  

Remembering Stephen Boss

Born on Sept 29, 1982, Boss leaves behind his wife, Allison Hoker Boss, with whom he shares three beautiful children. His death came days after he celebrated his anniversary and has left a hole in the hearts of those that loved and looked up to him. His immeasurable talent aside, his bright persona and his clear passion for what he did are both things that should continue to be honored. In the words of his wife, "He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans. To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt." 

Do Not Hesitate to Get the Help You Need

It is crucial that those who need it reach out for the proper help. Banyan’s Florida mental health rehab offers treatment for depression which can aid patients in understanding how to handle the negative emotions they experience. Additionally, people who struggle with simultaneous mental illness and addiction can access treatment for co-occurring disorders.  

Our varying levels of care ensure that patients receive the most appropriate mental health treatment for their unique needs. Banyan offers residential and partial hospitalization programs that provide flexibility to people from diverse backgrounds and situations. 

To learn more about options for mental health care in Boca Raton, call Banyan at 888-280-4763 and speak with a representative today. 


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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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