If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
I cannot say I agree with the quote. I suffer from anxiety and depression myself and I know where I am living. And it is not necessarily where the quote says I am living.
Let me start with depression. I have suffered from depression since I was sixteen. That is eight years. I have yet to figure out any specific cause. My depression pretty much comes and goes as it pleases. I have no control over it. I have no idea when it will make a return.
The last eight years have not exactly been happy because of my depression. Why would I want to dwell on the past? Why would I want to think about my unhappy life? No, I am depressed but I am definitely living in the present. Take the other day for example; I was feeling depressed for no particular reason. I had every right to be happy after the week I had experienced but yet I was so sad. That is definitely not the past. I was living in the present. I wanted to be happy but my brain decided I couldn’t.
I do agree that anxiety is caused by looking into the future and worrying about things that have not yet happened and will probably not happen to the degree that is thought. However, my anxiety is something I have no control over. It is just the way my brain is programed. Don’t you think I have tried to shut off my worrying? If it was that easy, I would not have anxiety.
Yes, anxiety is when a person is focused on the future, but depression is not the past and feeling great is not living in the present. Because lately, my present is depression.