The issue is very tempermental. I went home the other day and found that for the first time in a couple weeks the laptop was working perfectly. The next day, however, it was back to completely unusable. It also did seem to flicker more when the screen position was changed.
After talking with my brother I realized my laptop age estimate was completely. It turns out the laptop is only 7 months old, and so we've called HP and are having it sent in. Just hoping that the laptop has a "bad" day the day they take a look at it!