Illness is such an annoying term. I would say you have something on the bi-polar spectrum. I read an article yesterday where they had classified everyhing from bipolar .25 to .5 to I, II,.....V. I tell you this because it is a matter of degrees. I do liken it to an illness like diabetes, not a progressive disorder or a transient one. You body has a chemical imbalance, and the better you control it, the better your quality of life. Difficult aspects of bipolar are it can feel really good and it can be helpful. Many rich and or famous people have nbeen bipolar. The difficulty is for every fortune they make, they typically get manic and have poor judgment and lose two. Certainly the hypomania can be precipitated by stress, but not caused by it (same with drug). If you have the depressive episodes, those tend to be more painful.
On a personal note, I have been a nite person forever. I started stuying (during grad school) when Johnny Carson was over and if I got done, at 4 or 5 I would buy my groceries. It worked then. Not so well when I got a "real job" and had to get up at 5am. I have always though it was primary onset insomnia
and my doctors agree. I don't get the fun stuff. I just received a book on the neurobiology of sleep and affective disorders, so I am anxious to learn more. There is so much we don't know!
Please tell me what medication you are currently on, dose, and compliance. Also, I am concerned about you request for hel with managing you "concious incompetence". What do you mean? And what drug do you think induced psychosis? Do you self medicate with any non script drugs or alcohol?
Answer then I can leave you with some parting thoughts.