Same here, and I really like how you put it! Speaking completely for myself of course, but fanfiction has always been an escape and when I'm reading or writing I don't want to think about my personal problems, or the state of the world, or anything to do with real life. If channeling your emotions into fic works for you (general you), though, then absolutely go for it! Also: I find swearing helps too. Sometimes a good loud "****!" is just what you need.