To start, I've never really been a night owl. I used to go to bed between 8 - 10 in the evening; I still do occasionally. However, three years ago, I had a psychotic episode. I tried a SSRI and got hypomanic; the little bit of energy was kind of fun.
Now, I got to bed between 6 and 7 in the evening. I'll stay up a little later on weekends. My energy levels have been greatly affected. I'll be fine all day, then I lose all energy by the evening. I just recently found out that this was a symptom of the disease.
I started Abilify, and it is slowly helping. I have more energy lately, but it still doesn't always last the entire day. I feel like an old lady when I get tired so soon. It's a daily fight of I should stay awake versus I need to listen to my body.
Working at home as a freelancer is great because I can work when I have the energy. When you have a mental illness, you just learn to deal with different symptoms and side-effects. Sometimes, it's hard to tell if I'm really tired or just out of energy. I'm just happy when I'm not in a depressive state, and I haven't had psychosis in a long time.
If you are experiencing, these kinds of symptoms just know you are not alone. It will get better. I've been diagnosed for two-and-a-half years, and I'm very well stabilized. I used to be a programmer, and now I'm a freelance writer. I'm still getting on my feet here, but I'm working my butt off every day. I hope that sometime in our lifetimes there will be a cure for mental illness.