Nobody knows. Not as many as what you read. More than we'd like.
The thing about depression is that there are different levels. Someone can be mildly depressed and still fit the criteria and some can be severely depressed. There is a wide range of how depression affects someone. Someone can have the blues and feel depressed but it is temporary and situational. Clinical depression is a much more pervasive problem into people's lives. There are statistics out there that would indicate it is pretty common and no one should ever feel alone if they are depressed. They certainly are in the company of others who are too. I wish the stigma that has surrounded mental health issues such as depression would be completely gone but still is not although it is better than past decades. The important thing is to ask for help if you suspect you are depressed.
Im sure a lot of people have it more then we know. I know I deal with anxiety and depression and its really hard. Also different people are effected by it differently. just because i feel certain things doesnt mean someone else will have the exact same symptoms.
iDK if there;s been any studies of people personally affected by depression. I do know the NIMH states suicide is the 3rd leading cause of fatalities of people between the ages of 13 and 30. I think that tells you its fairly common for young people to be suffering from depression.
There are many people not happy with their lives in todays society. Everywhere you look, a lot of crime, people with money problems. marriage problems, etc. No wonder so many folks are depressed. A lot of non-depressed people look at depressed folks as losers that can't handle things. But, as a depressed person, I know that you cannot turn depression on and off like a light switch. I hate the side effects of antidepressants meds, so, I suffer with it. How does one know if they have depression? With myself, No energy, no motivation, I don't do the things for fun that I used to do. I have become withdrawn from others. I see the world as bleak and do not believe it will get better. I have to wear a happy face at my job, since I have to work for a living, and I have others depending on me to survive. I would love for a cure without meds. Maybe someday, I will get better I can only hope. I wouldn't wish depression on anyone. Some non-depressed people say just snap out of it, things are not that bad, but again, they do not understand what it is like to be in depression. That is my say.