For a long time (I don't remember when it started), I have been consistently working from home at least one day a week. I work as a software developer and being physically off-site has never been a problem, in terms of productivity and my ability to work. My reasons for working from home were largely for my own convenience. If there was ever a need for me to be on-site, I made the effort to abide (providing I hadn't already arranged something that I couldn't move, like an appointment, etc.)
Recently, our team has collapsed a bit, including a change of team leader. Said new boss is not as accepting of working from home as the previous and has, for want of a better word, viewed me with suspicion ever since he took over. He even told me once that such arrangements require trust to be established over years and, while I understand that, I have no precedent of abusing my "privilege" over the years I already had it. Indeed, while he's been my boss, he's reluctantly condescended to allowing me two days a week due to an actual personal need (rather than just convenience), for a fixed term. In this time, I have actively delivered everything that's been asked of me -- going above and beyond -- and have done my best to fit things around work.
In the meantime, the nature of my personal problem, which predicated my working from home under my new boss, has changed but still exists. Indeed, arguably, the stressfulness of fitting everything in has exacerbated the situation. However, a couple of weeks ago, I was told -- again with HR in tow -- that I would not be allowed any time off in August and that, "We'd see how it goes, thereafter." I wasn't given the opportunity to negotiate.
In part, this is understandable: In August there will be two new starters and I will be the most appropriate member of the team to get them started, as we share roles. (This bad bit of planning had nothing to do with me.) However, cutting me off completely -- even from annual leave was implied; which I'd fall back on, at my expense, if necessary -- seems a bit much. Having HR involved seems like a power play, to me, and frankly it's stressing me out even more.
In fact, I was admitted to hospital over the weekend with chest pains. Nothing was found -- I'm relatively young and healthy -- but I have a condition that warranted it being checked out. I assume, therefore, it was an anxiety attack (I've never had one before). Assumptions notwithstanding, I'm showing increasing signs of serious depression -- which I intend to get checked out in the next few days -- because of all this (along with my own problems) and the general atmosphere at my workplace (said collapse wasn't without reason).
As a compromise, I feel I need at least one day a week working from home in August, but I don't know how to negotiate this or even who to approach. I don't believe my boss will be that forthcoming; I'm not convinced he will take my condition in good faith (because of the aforementioned trust issues). As for HR, I feel like they're on "his side"; it's their job to protect the business. Even the thought of "just asking" or "telling them how it is" is making me anxious, which is why I'm writing here. What do I do?